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EXPLAINED! Canada visa application process and the associated costs in Nigeria Today

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EXPLAINED! Canada visa application process and the associated costs in Nigeria Today

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For Nigerians planning to travel to Canada, it is important to understand the visa application process and the associated costs, especially considering the fluctuating exchange rate between the Canadian Dollar and the Nigerian Naira.

The visa application process covers various categories, including student visas, work visas, visitor visas, work permits, and permanent residency, each with its own fee structure.

Here are the steps to apply for a Canadian visa:

1. Determining Visa Type: The first step is to identify the visa category that suits your travel purpose, whether it is for tourism, study, or work.

2. Document Collection: Gather essential documents such as a valid passport, application forms, photographs, financial proofs, travel plans, and any category-specific documents. It is advisable to consult the document checklist provided by the Canadian embassy or consulate in Nigeria.

3. Online Application: Fill out the visa application form online through the Canadian government’s official visa application website. Ensure accuracy to avoid processing delays.

4. Fee Payment: Pay the application fees online using a credit card or other approved methods endorsed by the embassy. After payment, a receipt will be issued, which is important for future reference.

5. Visa Appointment Booking: Book an appointment at the Visa Application Center (VAC) in Nigeria for biometric data collection.

6. Biometric Enrollment: On the appointment day, submit your biometric data at the VAC. It is crucial to be punctual and prepared, bringing all necessary documents and the payment receipt.

Visa Fees: The cost of a Canadian visa from Nigeria ranges from CAD 150 to CAD 500 (approximately N170,000 to N563,000), depending on the type of travel authorization.

Payment for visa application fees in Nigeria, particularly for paper applications, can be made using a credit card or cash in Naira at designated VFS offices in Port Harcourt, Lagos, or Abuja.

The exact amount in Naira is determined by the prevailing exchange rate of the Canadian dollar against the Naira at the time of application.

Applying for a Canadian visa from Nigeria requires careful planning, attention to detail, and adherence to the visa application process.

It is advisable to stay updated on any changes in fees or requirements by regularly checking the official websites of the Canadian embassy or consulate in Nigeria.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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